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Eternal Darkness Will "Definitely" Be Discussed For The Wii U, Say Precursor Games

Posted by Orla Madden

Let's not get our hopes up

We reported last week that Shadow of the Eternals - the "spiritual successor" to GameCube spook-'em-up title Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem - would make its way to the Wii U next year should its crowdfunding campaign prove to be a success.

We know developer Precursor Games and Nintendo are in constant contact regarding the game, but what about its predecesor?

When asked by a fan on the Shadow of the Eternals Facebook page about the possibility of a Virtual Console release for the GameCube classic during discussions with Nintendo, the reply was quite positive.

Q: Is there any chance that while in talks with Nintendo you can bring up a possible re-release of the GameCube's Eternal Darkness as a Virtual Console release? It would allow hype to build on the game and allow people who had not played before to get into the series!

A: We will definitely discuss that. Thanks for the suggestion!

It's only a suggestion at the moment, and Nintendo hasn't yet confirmed that GameCube titles will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console. We'd love to read what you think of the idea in the comments below, though it's worth noting that the crowdfunding project is struggling to date; at the time of writing it's raised less than $150,000 of a $1.5 million target, with just 25 days remaining.

[via gonintendo.com, facebook.com]

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WhiteTrashGuy

#2

WhiteTrashGuy said:

I was over there a couple days ago to look at the funding options. $25 for the first 6 episodes? Not bad. It's just like you were pre-ordering it.

Haxonberik

#3

Haxonberik said:

A tenth of the money in a sixth of the time doesn't sound bad to me, considering how these things usually skyrocket starting at the last 10 days.

Gavin_Rozee

#4

Gavin_Rozee said:

Not too fussed about this "sequel" but I'd love to own a digital version of Eternal Darkness.

hydeks

#6

hydeks said:

why is everything seemingly coming to the Wii U have to go through a kickstarter thing now-a-days? Isn't it kinda pathetic these people ask money from there gaming crowd? Also, Eternal Darkness would be a nice step forward for software on the Wii U.

Sentinator

#8

Sentinator said:

@Zyph Considering they have been renewing the trademark for years I think its fair to say Nintendo own it.

evanescent_hero

#9

evanescent_hero said:

@hydeks How is it any worse than getting a big publisher to pay for it? At least with crowdfunding you can actually gauge the public's interest in your product. People who want to can directly support it, and the developers get to interact more with the community this way. In all honesty, I much prefer crowdfunding to meetings with investors behind closed doors.

DESS-M-8

#10

DESS-M-8 said:

Eternal Darkness NEEDS to release on the Wii U eShop. I would buy this game instantly and I would love to play a true sequel. It was an absolutely amazing game. I was gutted when it was cancelled for Nintendo64 only to be thrilled that it was carried over to GameCube and looked even more amazing.
One of the best games ever made. A £19.99 release on eshop would be reasonable and a HD sequel would ROCK!!!

8thGenConsoles

#11

8thGenConsoles said:

@evanescent_hero I agree 100% but they will not get money from me even though I want this game on my Wii U. I don't know if I should trust these developers with my money. What if the game is crap? Or what if the game gets canceled? I'm not a fan of crowdfunding and I'm not a fan of digital-only games either. I prefer to pay for the final product and I want a physical copy of the game, I don't want to download it. I just don't like downloading games for a few reasons.

DerpSandwich

#12

DerpSandwich said:

Digital distribution means that underrated games can get a second chance without a huge investment. Eternal Darkness HD on the eShop would be fantastic.

GermenatorHue

#13

GermenatorHue said:

In my opinion Eternal Darkness is a bit cheesy and overrated. But I would love to see GameCube games on the Wii U eShop.

DESS-M-8

#14

DESS-M-8 said:

@GermenatorHue cheesey? It was clever, well executed, deep and immersive will genuinely innovative and original ideas that worked amazingly.

Just like cheddar?

AugustusOxy

#16

AugustusOxy said:

Don't really care if this gets made or not or even comes to the virtual console. As far as I'm concerned, there were more interesting games that got swept under the rug. Its pretty bad that anymore developers have to beg people for money to make a game because the industry is just too damn over saturated with high cost to do anything. The moment sony and microsoft release their new money guzzlers, its going to be the beginning of the end.

GermenatorHue

#17

GermenatorHue said:

@DESS-M-8 Don't get me wrong, it's in no way a bad game. Just thought it wasn't as good as most people said, and I found the art style to be a bit cheesy. It's an enjoyable game for sure though.

Dpullam

#18

Dpullam said:

The amount of money they are asking for is quite high. I'm kind of doubtful that it will reach its kickstarter in time. Still, I haven't even played Eternal Darkness yet so I don't know if this game would be worth the wait or not.

Stuffgamer1

#19

Stuffgamer1 said:

Remember, everybody: This crowdfunding project ISN'T ON KICKSTARTER. They're handling it directly, and they've even stated that they may choose to keep whatever money they DO raise toward their goal even if they don't reach the full $1.5 million.

I'd like to see the original on the Wii U eShop, sure...but I think the 20-pound price suggested above is excessive. Microsoft was charging $15 for original Xbox game downloads, and PS2 Classics are only $10. I don't think Nintendo will go for 10 when that's most likely going to be the N64 price again (when/if they get around to that), but I could see $15...it'd be complained about by many, but it'd sell. $20, though...that's really pushing it.

DESS-M-8

#20

DESS-M-8 said:

£19.99 is high. But GameCube an wii classics still sell for this. I'd rather they were cheap as possible obviously. £20 is just THE maximum before I'd say no. I'm
More worried Nintendo would consider releasing them at £29.99 which would be a 'never in a million years' for me. I think if games like Twilight Princess, Mario Galaxy, Eternal Darkness, F-Zero GX and Super Mario Sunshine were all
Seen on eshop and at £19.99, with full Gamepad and off-tv play, they'd still sell. But a penny over that would be a massive no-no.

DESS-M-8

#21

DESS-M-8 said:

@GermenatorHue I know what you mean about the art look. It wasn't 100% solid. Some looked reminiscent of the N64 engine that it was originally built on. But some of it looked stunning. The temple room with the black and white checkered floor and huge boss in particular, for it's day, was an unbelievably solid looking 3D space and beyond the GameCube. Looked very precursory to Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes made by the same team.

Urbanhispanic

#24

Urbanhispanic said:

Eternal Darkness was one of the BEST games for Gamecube. It deserves to be released on the WiiU VC so Nintendo can give the chance for countless gamers who never played it, to play it.

Dpishere

#26

Dpishere said:

Though I have never played Eternal Darkness I certainly would at least like to have the option to. I suppose I could just purchase the Gamecube version and just play it on my Wii even if it doesn't come to the VC, though I am not too big on horror games.

Stuffgamer1

#27

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Dpishiere: I'm not usually interested in horror either, but I like Eternal Darkness...I think some of the reasons I like it are the same reasons other people don't, mainly how easy the game is when you know what you're doing with the spell system.

QuickSilver88

#28

QuickSilver88 said:

Please Nintendo bring GC greats to VC with off TV play. $15-$20 seems reasonable to me based on what games and ehat features they add. Not just their titles either but how aout Tales of Symphonia, Skies of Arcadia and Baten Katos games. I retro game quite a bit and have all my old systems.....when comapring Xbox, PS2, and GC.....the exclusives for cube bynfar hold up the best!

Zyph

#29

Zyph said:

@Sentinator I think not entirely though. Nintendo's policy is that all their games will only be on Nintendo hardware, and since the game is heading to PC as well then I think Silicon Knights still partly owns it.

DrMonk

#30

DrMonk said:

I seriously considered contributing, but it just doesn't feel right yet. The 1.5M is just for the pilot episode and there is no guarantee that they will make any more than that even if they did reach that target. Honestly I would buy this game in a heartbeat, but I want a true Eternal Darkness sequel and I want Nintendo on board.

stipey

#34

stipey said:

@Zyph The new one's a "spiritual successor" to the game. So maybe they'll licence the sanity meter from Nintendo (which Nintendo has patented), but they can't call it an Eternal Darkness game. So they can pop it on whichever consoles they choose!

Zyph

#35

Zyph said:

@stipey You're right, I forgot it isn't really a direct sequel per se. So yeah they can just license the Sanity meter and make it so it resembles Eternal Darkness.

Pod

#36

Pod said:

"Struggling" is a little harsh.

They raised over $100.000 the first day from the IGN exposure. That it's geared back down is only natural. Now they need to do the legwork to keep people interested, and prove to the skeptics why this will be great.

In the fine print it says they will consider the game funded at $600.000 as well, even if the campaign meter goes to $1.5 million, which means they're already a quarter of the way.

They might've been a little too daring with not using Kickstarter but instead mimicking it, as the decision will leave some wary of what guarantees are set, and detractors of the model will scoff just as loudly as ever.

Ultimately I think they'll make it, but I myself am yet to commit any cash.

Sentinator

#38

Sentinator said:

@Zyph Its actually a spiritual sequel called Shadow of the Eternals. It isn't a direct sequel. If I had to guess its their vision of what Eternal Darkness 2 would have been but because Nintendo own the name they have settled for that instead. I'm not sure how the sanity meter would fair. I'm guessing that is why its a new series and not Eternal Darkness 2.

GN004Nadleeh

#39

GN004Nadleeh said:

I want the real eternal darkness 2, not some this is kinda a sequel. I hate that Nintendo trademarked sanity effects. since they own it and never use it we don't get that feature in any other game. just like Namco owns the rights to loading screen games and when Nintendo got 7th hour rights and never used it. only we suffer because we want to play games and Nintendo wants miis

HawkeyeWii

#40

HawkeyeWii said:

I really want to play the original, but can't find it any where but Amazon, where it is extremely expensive! Here's to Nintendo hopefully creating a GCN section in the eShop. I would buy it $15-$25 in the eShop before I buy the physical copy from Amazon for $100!!!!

DaemonSword

#42

DaemonSword said:

I'd like a special edition of the first Eternal Darkness on the 3DS, just like they did with Zelda Ocarina, in 3D with uprezzed textures, skins, hopefully levels, etc

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